Commodore George Dewey at the Metropolitan Club

George Dewey ate at the Metropolitan Club every day in the 1890s while living in Washington and serving as a member of the Lighthouse Board, the agency responsible for lighthouses during that period. He lived next door at the third floor of the Everett on 1730 H Street. He never rode the elevator, preferring to walk two flights up. Each day at 8 in the morning, he ate the same breakfast meal (medium boiled eggs, fruit, corn muffins and orange marmalade). He then walked over to the Metropolitan Club for lunch and proceeded to the library where he read books, played chess, or watched other members play.  A few years later, he would come back to Washington a conquering Admiral, his 1898 victory over the Spanish Armada at the Battle of Manila Bay forever changing the fate of two nations. But for five years in the 1890s, he was very much a creature of habit, living a quiet, ordinary life in Washington.

9 - Metropolitan Club

Photo credit: Private collection

9 - Dewey

Admiral George Dewey in 1912. Photo credit:  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Further information

Metropolitan Club. 1700 H Street, NW. Restricted access, open to members and their guests. Website:


Murat Halstead (1899) Life and Achievements of Admiral Dewey (Chicago: Our Possessions Publishing); United States Congressional Serial Set, Issue 2, Issue 3142 (1897); Treasury Decisions (1895).

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